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Which is the best version of Metropolis (1927)?

Old 06-13-04, 05:08 AM
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Which is the best version of Metropolis (1927)?

I am trying to pick between the new R1 (Restored Authorized Edition) and the R2 2-disc edition. Which is better in terms of audio/video quality? How about the extras? Any advice/information would be appreciated. Thanks...
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Sorry about that. I just read the Savant review of the R1 (like I should have in the first place) and saw that it "has already come out in Region 2, and this Region 1 release retains all of the extras, translated through subtitles into English, French and Spanish."

I was always under the impression that the R1 was some sort of new cut is all....
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They are essentially the same..however..if you are a purist it is interesting to note that the German R2 edition is the only release that has the original intertitles.
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I bought the Eureka set because it was 2 discs as opposed to 1 and would not be crowded onto a single disc. The price at cdwow was comparable to the price of the Kino disc. It seems like I also read somewhere that with the PAL speed up the framerate is closer to the original, but I don't know that for certain.
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Originally posted by Subgeniusguy
I bought the Eureka set because it was 2 discs as opposed to 1 and would not be crowded onto a single disc. The price at cdwow was comparable to the price of the Kino disc. It seems like I also read somewhere that with the PAL speed up the framerate is closer to the original, but I don't know that for certain.
The movie is already projected too fast at 24fps on the American disc. It needs to be slowed down, not sped up. PAL will just exacerbate the problem.
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Eureka is (tentatively) planning a re-release of this film under its new "Masters of Cinema Series" later this year or early 2005 (it is slated to be Spine #1), in what should be the definitive edition. It will include the original German intertitles, and I assume that the projection speed controversy will also be addressed. You may wish to hold off purchasing Metropolis until more information becomes available on this release.

More info about the Masters of Cinema Series can be found at the Criterion Forum.
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The movie is already projected too fast at 24fps on the American disc. It needs to be slowed down, not sped up. PAL will just exacerbate the problem.
I stand corrected.

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